This World AIDS Day 1 December 2015, e-GPS were excited to roll out another fantastic #RedRibbonsHIV campaign thanks to a generous grant from the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD).
We had the privilege to meet some extraordinary individuals whose collective voice of experience and loss speaks up for those, mostly young men, who succumbed to AIDS-related illnesses in the 1980 and 90’s. Adding to this voice is an energy and dedication beonging to a new generation of HIV activisits. Their message of hope and education is remarkable, particularly since many of the new gen weren’t even alive during the Australian AIDS epidemic when the Grim Reaper was all over our screens in the mid 1980’s.
The stalwart protectors of this tragic history can now work with bright young men and women whose credo is to Live Well with HIV. These health advocates are taking HIV – now a manageable chronic disease – through to it’s inevitable conclusion.
Whether you’re old or young, if you work in the HIV sector you know that the incredible efforts of peak bodies such as ACON, ASHM, AFAO and leading researchers from Monash University, Burnet and Kirby Institutes are going to bring an end to HIV. Eventually. In the meantime, the work must continue in education, research and public policy allowing equal access to medication and prevention strategies.
The goal of the latest Kirby Institute #EndingHIV research study – the EPIC study – is a virtual elimination of HIV transmission in Australia by 2020. With increasingly effective medications, HIV vaccine research nearing completion, greater education and HIV awareness, it is likely that the HIV/AIDS epidemic will one day be written into the history books as a tragic yet ultimately triumphant chapter in human infectious diseases.
World AIDS Day is a day to remember those who lost their lives to AIDS. It’s also a day to celebrate those who have survived and to recognise the good fortune of the younger generation of Australians who were born in an era where access to new testing technology increases screening rates and early diagnosis, while early treatment and treatment as prevention helps to reduce transmission. The extraodinary mobilisation in Australia during the 80’s AIDS era has led to world-leading public policy, paving the way to #EndingHIV.
Here are some of the highlights of our #RedRibbonsHIV campaign
It’s a Wrap! We had a blast! How about you? What did your mob get up to on #WorldAIDSday2015 ?
Here’s a Blast from the Past….Check out the pics from the RedRibbons 2012 campaign